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Cong hits out at Modi govt over police action against farmers

Press Trust of India  |  Sevagram (Maharashtra) 

The Tuesday lashed out at the over the police action against farmers marching towards Delhi, saying "the in the Sultanate is drunk with power".

Condemning the police action, said if the Centre can write off huge debt of a few industrialists why it could not waive the loans of farmers.

He criticised Narendra Modi, alleging that "arrogance has gone to his head".

"Instead of hearing them out, farmers are brutalised and beaten up. The in the Sultanate is drunk with power," the alleged.

He was talking to reporters at the venue of the (CWC) meeting here in

Thousands of farmers Tuesday marched towards over demands ranging from farm loan waiver to cut in fuel prices, blocking traffic movement on arterial roads leading to the national capital.

The farmers, riding tractors and trolleys, broke barricades of the (UP) Police and then started proceeding towards the barricades put up by the Delhi Police, a said.

They were stopped at the Delhi-UP border with police using water cannons and tear gas to disperse them.

Surjewala said, "If the can write off Rs 3.17 lakh crore debt of a few industrialists, why can't he write off loans of 62 crore farmers."

"Can't the farmers come to Delhi to get their grievances heard, ask for debt clearance and adequate price for their produce," he wondered.

"CWC strongly condemns the lathicharge and barbaric action against farmers," he tweeted in Hindi.

The Congress leadership has converged in the Sevagram village, located around 10 km from district headquarters, to attend the meeting of the CWC, the highest decision-making body of the party.

Home also condemned the police action against farmers.

"Today is the day of peace. The farmers were pressing their demands through satyagraha and they got lathicharged instead of loan waiver, which is very unfortunate," he said.

of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also hit out at the Centre over the incident.

"The government should not have resorted to such tactics on the occasion of the birthday and I condemn the incident, it is very unfortunate," he said.

described the incident as "shameful and inhuman".

"It is very unfortunate for the country. There are ways to communicate and deal with protesters pressing for their demands. But the way the government treated these protesting farmers is very undemocratic. This is happening on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, October 02 2018. 15:05 IST